Minnesota Utility Sales Tax Exemption
Minnesota allows businesses to claim an exemption on the portion of their utility used or consumed in agricultural or industrial production if: (1) It is necessary to produce a particular product; and (2) It is in excess of the average climate control or lighting for the production area. Minnesota Dept. of Rev. – Fact Sheet 129.
Minnesota Sales Tax Exemption Certificate
The ST3 Exemption Certificate is the document that must be filed in Minnesota in order for a business to claim the Utility Sales Tax Exemption.
Energy Study Requirement
In Minnesota, a detailed energy study must be performed to identify the exact percentage of utility that is exempt from sales tax. This includes calculating the annual consumption for each device that is consuming the utility and then distinguishing between production devices and non-production devices.
Eligible Industries in Minnesota
If you don’t see your business on here but think you may qualify, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. A SmartSave specialist can help you identify whether your business may qualify.
- Agriculture / Farming Operations
- Nursing Homes
SmartSave investigates client’s current utility situation, and quickly identifies if the company is eligible to save on its utility sales tax through the exemption.
A SmartSave energy specialist performs an in-depth study at the business location to determine the exact proportion of energy use that is exempt from taxation.
All necessary information is compiled into a report and submitted to the required utility companies and state agencies. SmartSave works hand-in-hand with these entities to ensure that all reports are accurate and compliant with statute.
Once the exemption request is approved, your company receives a refund on the past 2-4 years of overpaid utility sales tax, and stops paying sales tax on all certified production items, generating significant savings for the business each month moving forward.